Can my dependent travel out of USA while L2 to H4 conversion is in progress?

Hello, I have a situation. I am currently on L1 (till Feb2014) and applied for H1 COS this year. Still awaiting for COS status. My spouse needs to go to India and come back next year after month of March,2014. A) Will it affect H4 petition & H1 petition COS which is still in progress? B) Will H4 get I-94 also with its petition if H1 and H4 is approved? C) If no issues with A & B, H4 dependent just need to go to visa stamping at that time, right?

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Attorney Answers (3)

Brian Haksoon Lee

Brian Haksoon Lee

Immigration Attorney - San Jose, CA
Answered

1. Her application to change status to H-4 will be deemed abandoned if she leaves before the approval. Should not have any effect on the H-1B petition though.
2. Since it's a COS application, yes if approved.
3. Lots of problems will be resolved if she gets her H-4 visa.

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Alexander Joseph Segal

Alexander Joseph Segal

Immigration Attorney - New York, NY
Answered

To come back on H4 she will need to have a valid visa in her passport.

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F. J. Capriotti III

F. J. Capriotti III

Immigration Attorney - Portland, OR
Answered

Your spouse will need to file for an H-4 visa at the US Consul in India ... currently .. for whatever reason ... these applications are getting 'tied up' in administrative processing. Does your spouse really 'need' to go to India? If so, then take your chances with eyes-wide-open.

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